Before & After: An IKEA Hack Adds Style & Storage to a Kids Room

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Kids rooms can be a tough nut to crack. They have to combine storage and function with style that can be adaptable to the changing and developing tastes of the young one. Jane decided that they could do more to maximize the space of their daughter’s room and give her a space that was more reflective of who she is. Enter, the IKEA hack!

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From Jane: Our youngest daughter’s bedroom was relatively small and lacked space for additional furniture for storage. The large, low window made it tricky to put furniture in front of. Also, with her existing furniture and layout there wasn’t much storage space and the shelves and drawers were rammed full of stuff. Her room always looked cluttered and we weren’t making the most of the limited space. Her decor was outdated and too girlie for our tomboy daughter.

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We wanted to make better use of the space, add more storage without it feeling cluttered and design a bedroom which would last her well into her teens. We decided as the actual floor space was limited, we would add height instead, adding a taller bookcase and wardrobe and more importantly, a captains bed with storage below it.

We looked at readymade captains beds but they were expensive or didn’t match our requirements exactly, so we decided to design our own. We hit upon the idea of an IKEA Hack, raising her bed above a set of three IKEA Nordli Chests, and adding a headboard and shelf for her belongings and toys.

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In terms of cost, it was around £800-£1000 ($1,030 -1,300) for the entire room, including wardrobe, bookcase, the bed hack, desk, chair, step, blinds, paint, bedding and accessories. It took about a week, on and off.

We faced a few minor setbacks. My husband didn’t put the backboard into the first IKEA wardrobe before standing it upright and it collapsed like a pack of cards and broke. Also, the walls of our new-build house were problematic and we kept drilling and drilling to hit something solid to bolt the frame too but the brickwork behind kept crumbling like meringue. We had to enlist the help of a joiner to find a secure part of the wall to fix the support frame for the bed to.

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I love that we’ve maximized the space and the white and blue room looks so much brighter and modern. Of course, the best bit is the secret den, which our daughter loves to play in and sleep in.

We are delighted with our room. The IKEA hack saved money and it fits the room perfectly.

Jane’s words of wisdom: If your local DIY superstore can cut your MDF and wood to your specifications, like ours did, it will make this IKEA Hack even easier to create!

Thank you, Jane! You can see this project and more on Jane’s blog, Maflingo.